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Alexandria VA Dentist Blog

Do I Really Need to Wear My Retainer Forever? (And Why)

The vast majority of people who receive orthodontic treatment will need to wear a retainer after their teeth are straightened and the orthodontia is removed. These devices are custom made for your smile and typically involve metal wires and plastic—it might sound…

What Is Functional Orthodontics?

When most people think of orthodontics, they think of straightening their teeth for a more even, beautiful smile. However, orthodontics often corrects issues with the jaw and bite that would become problematic, and for some, functional orthodontics takes that process…

Your Sleep Schedule Could Be Impacting Your Dental Health

Sleep is a vital function for our bodies—it not only helps our brains process memories and repair tissues, but it helps strengthen our immune systems and allows us to wake up restored the next day. Lack of sleep has been…

Is an Electric Toothbrush More Effective?

When it comes to brushing your teeth, people have the choice between using a regular toothbrush and an electric one. With a regular toothbrush, your movement of the brush removes plaque from your teeth. However, with an electric toothbrush, it…

What Are the Different Types of Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are restorations used to fill in the area where cavities have damaged teeth. Your dentist will remove the decayed tissue from the tooth and fill in the missing area with a restoration. Dentists have used fillings for more…

What Can Be Done to Treat an Uneven Gumline?

An uneven gumline can affect the appearance of the teeth even if the teeth themselves are straight and even. Having an irregular gumline can make some teeth look too small or too large depending on the person. Too much or too little…

Are Children Susceptible to Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a common condition in which plaque builds up on the teeth and can cause the gum tissue to become inflamed. As gum disease progresses, an active infection can ensue underneath the gumline, which can lead…

Are You a Candidate for Same Day Dental Crowns?

A dental crown helps to protect a tooth that’s otherwise damaged, such as a cracked tooth or a tooth that’s seen extensive decay. In the past, dental crowns were part of a restoration that could take weeks to complete. However, new technology…

Dr. Mazhari Smile Success Stories: Smile Makeovers

Patients looking to dramatically improve both the appearance and function of their smile, can achieve their goal with Dr. Mazhari with a smile makeover. A smile makeover can include a number of both cosmetic and restorative treatments that address problems…

Dr. Mazhari Smile Success Stories: Lumineers

Many patients come to our office unhappy with certain aspects or with appearance of their smile. Whether they have deeply stained teeth, chips in one or more teeth, or gaps in their smile that affect their appearance, patients desire with…